In 1991, the Perennial Plant Association named Heuchera micrantha Palace Purple as "Perennial Plant of the Year." It is a member of the Heuchera genus that features plant varieties with bell-shaped flowers in a host of colours. Among these varieties are plants with pink, bell-shaped flowers, distinct from Palace Purple's white blooms. Though these and other plant varieties have bell-shaped flowers in common, they do not share all the same characteristics.
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Coral bells (Heuchera) is also commonly called alum root and rock geranium. Plants in this genus generally bloom from June through August, exhibiting dainty flowers in a wide range of colours including pink, white, red and coral. This perennial prefers full sun and well-drained, loamy or sandy soil, but grows in moist soil and tolerates drought. The cultivar Chatterbox features rose-pink, bell-like blooms on 18-inch stems. It is also called crimson bells. Snow Angel is another choice with small, pink bell-shaped flowers and light green, heart-shaped leaves. Bressingham Hybrids coral bells attracts hummingbirds to the 18-inch to 24-inch tall blooms that also have the advantage of being deer resistant.
Rubrifolia, a cultivar of Campanula punctata is a hardy perennial with long tubular ruby blooms that grow to a height of about 10 inches, deep green leaves and strong flowering stalks. The flowers have cream-coloured lips and crimson throats. This plant has an extensive bloom season during the summertime, preferring full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. Plant it in a shade garden, in a perennial border or in a container garden. It attracts hummingbirds.
Native to Western Australia, Guichenotia ledifolia produces clusters of pink, bell-shaped flowers during winter and spring, covering the period roughly between July and October. Other colours of flowers exhibited by this spreading shrub are purple or mauve. Ledfolia plants inhabit coastal limestone, sand plains and rocky clay. Guichenotia ledifolia is a member of the Sterculiaceae family.
Pink Balloon Flower
Platycodon grandiflorus Fuji Pink is also called the Fuji pink balloon flower. This slow-growing, herbaceous perennial features pink bell-like blooms that emerge from balloon-shaped buds between late spring and midsummer. Its dark green leaves form an attractive contrast. Fuji pink is a resilient plant that grows to heights of about 24 inches. It prefers partial shade and moist growing conditions, but is not partial to any particular soil type as long as the soil is well-drained. It is suitable both for planting in the ground and in a container. Cut back the plant following the first hard frost.
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